September 9, 2011
(5:45 p.m. EDT) -- Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. As land-based memorial events pay respect to those who perished in Washington D.C. (Pentagon), Pennsylvania (United Airlines Flight 93) and New York City, a number of cruise lines will feature their own commemorative touches, including moments of silence, speeches from the captain and airing of news coverage throughout their ships.
Here's a run-down of how several lines will commemorate the day:
Carnival Cruise Lines
"All Carnival Cruise Lines ships will have a moment of silence in honor of the victims and their families, and the captain will deliver a speech to all guests onboard," explained spokesman Vance Gulliksen. Additionally, September 11 will be recognized with a message in the daily shipboard newsletter and the American flag will be displayed in the atriums aboard all ships. Television coverage of memorial events will also be shown throughout the ship. The line has also decided to delay the sailaway time for Carnival Miracle, which is scheduled to depart from New York Sunday. The change is to allow time for passengers to see the lighting of Ground Zero.
Princess Cruises spokeswoman Karen Candy: "In memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, Princess Cruises will observe a moment of silence across the fleet. [The time] will be published in the Princess Patter so all passengers know when it will take place. Our Captains will make an announcement, followed by one minute of silence. At the end of the minute, the ships' bells will ring."
Norwegian Cruise Line
To observe this day, the Captain will mark the occasion with a few words of address, followed by a moment of silent reflection.
"We really give our guests the room to remember 9/11 in whatever way is appropriate for them rather than creating a formal memorial event," said spokesman Bruce Good. "The broadcast events around the world will of course be available on our television services," he added.
Spokeswoman Harrison Liu told Cruise Critic that the line did not have anything planned.
"Veendam is sailing out of NY on Sunday and will hold a moment of silence when passing lower Manhattan," said HAL spokesman Erik Elvejord. Otherwise, there's nothing official planned, he added, "but as [9/11] falls on a Sunday, we do expect the [religious] services will honor the day."
--by Dan Askin, News Editor